Icelandic Black Metal - Iceland

Auðn Band

As the country’s vibrant black metal scene has proven, Iceland can be a beautiful and sinister place where furious elements rage teaching fear but also inspiring human creativity. Emphasizing melodies rather than dissonance and approaching their music from a dramatic, classical black metal angle, AUÐN deliver another mesmerizing piece of art with ‘Vökudraumsins fangi’.

Hailing from the village of Hveragerði in the south of Iceland, AUÐN deliver haunting melodies and beautifully frozen atmospheres – as opposed to the jarring and caustic blunt force trauma that has brought this remote place in the Northern Atlantic to the black metal forefront.

Founded in 2010, AUÐN’s talent was quick to be recognized. After the release of the self-titled debut, the band got invited to Iceland’s main metal event, the Eistnaflug Festival. They participated and won the local Wacken Metal Battle contest in 2016, while making it to the top three during the infamous Wacken Open Air festival itself. Shows at the prestigious Inferno and Roadburn festivals followed in 2017.

The second full-length, ‘Farvegir Fyrndar’ was released in November 2017, continuing the band’s fast ascent. Highly praised by the international metal press, the sophomore record reached back to a more classic second-generation black metal approach combined with a sense of elegance and melancholy that one can feel while dwelling among the bleak, extraordinary landscapes of the island.

The Icelanders embarked on European tours with label mates GAAHL’S WYRD in 2017 and THE GREAT OLD ONES (2017 and 2018) and captivated festival audiences at the biggest European fests, such as Copenhell, Summer Breeze Open Air, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Roskilde, Eindhoven Metal Meeting and more.

Returning with ‘Vökudraumsins fangi’, AUÐN explore new soundscapes and push their music to new heights, thereby setting themselves further apart from their Icelandic contemporaries. The six piece draws inspirations from their natural surroundings, but also chart the territory of the mind. The album title literally translates to ‘prisoner of the daydream’, but rather refers to a perpetual state of delusion of a life that never took place.

Join AUÐN while traversing the blurred lines between reality and the supernatural and the otherworldly sceneries of their native Iceland.


  • Aðalsteinn Magnússon : Guitar
  • Andri Björn Birgisson : Guitar
  • Hjalti Sveinsson : Vocals
  • Hjálmar Gylfason : Guitar
  • Matthías Hlífar Mogensen : Bass
  • Sigurður Kjartan Pálsson : Drums
Posted on September 29, 2021

Icelandic black metal formation AUÐN and Finnish symphonic black metallers AND OCEANS are teaming up for a European tour in September 2022. The tour will kick off in Hamburg (DE) on September 10, 2022 and will end in Nijmegen (NL) on September 24, 2022. Find a full list of shows below.

Posted on May 17, 2021

Icelandic black metal formation AUÐN are now releasing a brand new video for the song ‘Vökudraumsins fangi’. The clip contains stunning historic images of the band’s native Iceland, provided by the National Film Archive of Iceland // Kvikmyndasafn Íslands. The video was edited by Andri Björn Birgisson.

Posted on March 25, 2021

Icelandic black metal formation AUÐN is been nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards 2021. AUÐN’s latest record ‘Vökudraumsins fangi’ has been nominated in the category rock album of the year. AUÐN’s track “Eldborg” has furthermore been nominated as rock song of the year. Listen to the track HERE.

Posted on October 30, 2020

Icelandic black metal formation AUÐN are now premiering their entire new record ‘Vökudraumsins fangi’. The band’s third full-length set is for worldwide release tomorrow, Friday October 30th. Listen to the album via the official Season of Mist Youtube Channel HERE.

Posted on October 12, 2020

Icelandic black metal formation AUÐN are now premiering the third and final new single of their upcoming record ‘Vökudraumsins fangi’. The track “Verður von að bráð” is streaming via the official Season of Mist Youtube Channel HERE. The video was created by Andri Björn Birgisson.

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